Lookouts hold off Smokies' comeback

Lookouts hold off Smokies' comeback

August 19th, 2017 by Staff Report in Sports - Professional

-Friday's recap: A night after winning with a six-run rally in the ninth, the Lookouts held off Tennessee's attempt at a similar comeback. Barely. After scoring four runs before the Smokies even batted and stretching their lead to 9-3 in the sixth — when Jonathan Rodriguez hit a two-out, three-run homer — the Lookouts gave up five runs in the bottom of the ninth before Gabriel Moya got a flyout and a strikeout to strand a runner at second. Ryan Walker finished 3-for-4 and Max Murphy had a two-run single for Chattanooga, which won its fourth straight game. The Lookouts improved to 80-43 overall and 38-15 in the second half of the Southern League season, inching closer to a sweep of the North Division titles.

-Next up: Game four of a five-game series at Tennessee is tonight at 7.

-Pitchers: Fernando Romero (11-7, 2.96) is scheduled to start for the Lookouts, with Zach Hedges (7-9, 3.76) scheduled for the Smokies.

-Transactions: Lookouts starting pitcher Kohl Stewart and catcher Carlos Paulino were promoted by the Minnesota Twins on Friday to Class AAA Rochester. They were replaced on the roster by pitcher Lewis Thorpe and catcher Brian Olson, who were promoted from high Single-A Fort Myers.